This documentary was aired on November 22, 1985 - the 22nd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It aired on public radio and was written, produced and narrated by longtime voice-over talent Mike Swickey.
This 30-minute audio documentary has been referenced in books and films regarding the assassination, but until 2008 had been long out of distribution. The documentary is timeless in that it tells the story of the events of 11-22-63 without getting heavily into the controversies surrounding the shooting. It tells the story of that day - and does so with emotionally packed sound bites. Since it is an audio capsule of that time, no updating is needed. It is as fresh today (except for technological advances in audio engineering) as it was when it aired in November of '85. This documentary tells of the JFK assassination the way most Americans experienced it. It is presented in The Internet Archive by permission of Mr. Swickey.
Reviewer:Mrs. Berry - Newland High
October 22, 2009 Subject:
Perfect For Classroom Use
I downloaded and played this documentary for my 11th grade history class and felt compelled to return here to leave a review.
It is amazing to me what was packed within the 30 minutes that this radio documentary runs. I was especially pleased with how many sound bites from numerous sources were included. It never gets too deep into all the conspiracy possibilities but simply focuses on the day of the assassination and all those sad days that followed. My class sat in near silence pulled in by the chronological narration and description perfectly accompanied by all the sound clips. I thought I knew much about the Kennedy assassination, but realized after listening to this wonderful documentary that there was a lot I didn't know, or at least had forgotten.
This documentary has made the rounds at Newland High and I can't begin to tell you how much positive feedback I have heard from teachers and students alike. I am so happy to have found this gem here and I HIGHLY recommend this to anybody interested in that horrible time. While this was produced for public radio for a mass audience, this is truly perfect for the classroom. Thank you, Mike Swickey, for a documentary that deserves the highest praise.